Tasleem Jamila Firdausee

Tasleem Jamila Firdausee

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When her powerful voice emanates from her soul, she captivates the hearts of her audience. She draws from her experiences growing up on the south side of Chicago, her faith, Native American and African ancestors. Spoken Word with Hip-Hop, Jazz, Spirituals and much more! Innovative, Fresh & Creative!

Biography

Tasleem Jamila Firdausee a beautiful soul filled with infinite creativity and a high energy spirit.
Tasleem’s true mission and desire is to heal the world through her various art forms.
Poet, Emcee, Singer, Writer, Radio Host/Producer, Fashion Designer, Activist, Actress, Musician, and Mother.

At the age of 9 Tasleem tapped into her talent as a writer, and illustrator. The driving force behind her creative process was her mother who was a healer, clothing designer and artist. She grew up in dance classes, piano lessons and just surrounded by music and positive encouragement to nurture her abilities.

Her shy, modest and peaceful presence fools audiences with her big bright smile. When her powerful voice emanates from her soul, she captivates the hearts of her audience. She draws from her experiences growing up on the south side of Chicago, her faith, Native American and African ancestors and world travels. She is an alumnus of Columbia College in Chicago where she studied Theater and Fashion Design. Tasleem is one of the most creative and innovative revolutionary artist of her time, fusing Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Spiritual influences giving her that universal appeal. Her audience is frozen when she is on stage as she commands their attention even before she echoes a sound; and then they internalize and hold on to her every word.

Firdausee also has traveled and performed across the nation at such venues as Audubon Ballroom in New York City, legendary Velvet Lounge in Chicago, Apache in Atlanta, many Universities, Major Festivals and the list goes on. Tasleem is in demand as a lecturer and motivational speaker on various topics and about her experiences in life, which keeps her busy.

Tasleem has been featured and or shared the stage with legendary artists, such as “The Last Poets,” KRS-1, Lupe Fiasco, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jurassic Five, Brother Ali, Kindred and the Family Soul, Rock Steady Crew, Illysha Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter) and many more. As an activist poet she has written and performed special poetry for the Cancer Society in Chicago and Domestic Violence Organizations.

Tasleem has also studied and performed with Master musician Kelan Phil Cohran. She also has been mentored by musician/composers: Reginald R. Robinson, Khari Lemuel and Kerwin Young.

Even before performing poetry she appeared in the legendary poetry movie “Love Jones” and a featured poet on the upcoming Documentary about the late great Oscar Brown Jr, and a recent cameo in the film “The New Muslim Cool”. With two other upcoming independent films on Hip Hop in Chicago and Women and Activism she stays on the big screen.

She gives of her talent and time in the community directing plays for youth (DePaul University), choreographing dance, and teaching Hip-Hop and Spoken Word workshops to youth. Working with organizations After School Matters, Little Black Pearl, Kuumba Lynx, IMAN’s Leaders , and Ceasefire as a leader in the classroom and on the streets of the communities. Firdausee is a role model and mentor to many teens who have written poems, plays and productions inspired by her poetry.

Much sought after for her leadership skills and hosting dynamics. She was lead organizer in 2005 for “Taking It to the Streets” Chicago’s largest outdoor free concert on the Southside of Chicago and the first to debut the International activist Film, “Turn Off Channel Zero”.

Being featured on several radio and television stations in Chicago, Atlanta, London, New York, New Jersey and Portland, has won her international recognition. Her poetry performance DVD “My Soul Speaks” was released in 2006. Tasleem is also the host of a weekly radio show on WCEV 1450 AM/www.radioislam.com, which is a platform that showcases artistic expression through art, culture, history, and edutainment. She has interviewed greats like Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, Professor Griff, Askia Muhammad, DJ Tony Tone, Sam Greenlee, Sister Ava Muhammad and even Michelle Obama and so many independent and well known artist and activist.

Tasleem released her debut CD self titled “Tasleem” March 2008, which features The Last Poets, Amir Sulaiman, Khari Lemuel and Jazz pianist Reginald Robinson.

As an Editor for a project “Crossing Limits”, which is an anthology of Muslim and Jewish poets in America, she is involved in many inter-faith programs.
Also known for her fashion style with modesty and flavor, she is gearing up for her big project “Firdaus’ International” in 2010. It will be a historical fashion line for women and a book launch.

Discography

Album: "Tasleem"
Tracks-
We Never Ran
Englewood
Divine Love w/ Khari Lemuel
Lyrical War w/ Abiodun (The Last Poets)
Maryam's Poem
Motivation
Assault On Our Senses w/ Amir Sulaiman
A Brighter Day
Never Our Souls
Chi-Town City Life
Love Transcends
My Brother, My King
I'm Coming
Tasleem's Bliss

DVD="My Soul Speaks"
Live Performances and Interview